Your kid just graduated from high school. Hurray! Good job. Now it’s on to college. She’s picking out dorm furnishings. He’s trying to convince you that he needs the newest electronics. Under Indiana law, your student became an adult on his/her18th birthday. But the high school probably didn’t treat you anydifferently when your child came…

Effective July 1, 2019: As of July 1, 2019, the law governing termination of child support has been modified. Under prior law, child support stopped on a child’s 19th birthday, unless the child was incapacitated.   This caused a problem for families with teens who were still in high school at 19. This modification is…

A Do NOT Do This List for Divorcing Parents When adults get divorced, they are often hurt, depressed, sad and/or angry. Emotions get even messier when you are a child or teenager whose parents are getting divorced. A child tries to find the new normal all while dealing with major upheaval in how they are…

Amended relocation law exempts some parents from the formal notice requirement and reduces the standard notice period to 30 days. This law applies to every party to a child custody case, grandparent visitation case, or paternity affidavit.

Gov. Holcomb was joined by ISBA Parental Relocation Task force members Donna J. Bays, Judge Lisa Berdine, Judge Julie Verheye, Sen. Randy Hood, Megan Wells, Jan Keefer, Andrew Soshnick, and ISBA Legislative Counsel Paje Felts. On May 29, 2019, Bays Family Law’s own, Donna J. Bays, stood with other Indiana State Bar Association Parental Relocation…

10 Divorce Myths That Just Aren’t True in Indiana You can find just about anything with a Google search.  But the fact you read it on the internet doesn’t make it true.  It can be hard to tell what’s true when you’re clicking through the internet.  Here are some myths we hear over and over…

Should you file a joint return while your divorce is still pending?

In order to file a joint tax return, you have to be married at the end of the tax year. The IRS looks at your marital status as of 11:59 p.m. on December 31.

But there are still good reasons to file separately.

You’re getting divorced. You suspect that your spouse committed tax fraud. What do you do? If you signed off on a joint return and knew of the deception, you could be charged with conspiracy to commit tax fraud. That is a serious crime. Even if you’re not on the hook, it takes careful analysis to determine whether it’s in your financial best interests to air this issue.

Deciding whether to keep the house is intensely personal. It is, after all, the house you built your family in together, that you likely saved for and spent hours decorating. Deciding to keep the house is an emotional decision that can have huge financial consequences. When making this important decision you need to consider both the emotional…

The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Many people resolve to lose weight, hit the gym, eat healthy, but it is also important to consider other areas of your life. Bays Family Law encourages you to consider the following legal resolutions to protect yourself from unintended legal consequences…

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